Am I the only one who possesses really old hardware, yet don't dare to plug it in anymore, because I'm afraid I might be really disappointed by finding out it's now broken?
Schrödinger's Retro Computers...
Usually when I get my hands on something like that the first thing I do is plug it in, and if it is broken, make it into a huge project to figure out how and why, then proceed to fix it in the most convoluted way possible.
@fribbledom no I get a bit that way, but what I find worse is when there's a problem but my limited skills and equipment will probably make any non obvious solution impossible.
Oh, I'm usually able to fix my gear, but I would typically go through the five stages of grief first 😂
That said, some spare parts are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain nowadays.
@fribbledom i've been that way w my c64 - finally hooked it up to be disappointed. ah well, i'm gonna dismantle it and try to fix it
@fribbledom Yeh, but first I have to move them and find the cables and keyboards etc.
And now the ones I find that don't work are on my list of things I should see if there's an easy fix.
Nope... My daily driver phone is 7yo (bang up to date OS), my primary laptop is 14yo, and very occasionally I use a laptop that's 23yo.
@fribbledom Not that old, but I refused to start my Pokemon Gold for years because I was afraid the savegame would be lost because of an empty battery.
I eventually did it and of course it was.
@fribbledom Not at all.
I have my Amiga 500 stuffed up in my closet, in part because I don't want to preserve it, but also because I don't have anywhere to actually put it anymore.
I should really do something about that some day, though. The machine desparately needs to be recapped.
@fribbledom I have 3 arcade machines in the garage; defender, gauntlet 2 and a generic cab.
They are all working and fine la-la-la-la-not-thinking-about-it
@Fivesprites here's my complete list of boards (all wired for the generic JAMMA cab)..
@fribbledom Actually, I do try to plug it in sometimes to see if it's broken, because if it is, I can finally scrape some parts and throw the rest away. But as long as it's working, I just want to keep it.
@fribbledom I was that person but I Kondo’d a bunch of it to the recycling depot recently and it felt great. I have kept my Palm from 2002 because it still has some old phone numbers and databases on it that I can’t be arsed exporting to a format I can use on a desktop, but I check it at least once every year and it still works (except won’t connect to the phone network of course).
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I've dug out my old C64 from my parents' attic about a year ago. Have not "found the time" to try it out for real. Something something not the right video plug somethong something...
I did manage to digitize some tapes from our oooold Hi-8 Camcorder this month, though. Late 90's, man ... what a time.
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